ESPN 30 for 30 'No Mas': Guide to Film on Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 10:  Former boxer and inductee Sugar Ray Leonard arrives at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame inaugural induction gala at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on August 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series will continue on Tuesday night with the premiere of No Mas, an hour-long film that dives deeper into the unforgettable rematch between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in November 1980.

Duran had handed Leonard the first loss of his career just five months earlier in Montreal, but wound up calling it quits in the eighth round of the highly anticipated rematch in New Orleans.

Per, the legend goes that Duran told the referee "no mas" (which translates to "no more" in English), but the film reveals that it wasn't Duran who muttered the infamous phrase.

All along the Panamanian superstar has maintained that painful stomach cramps led to his surrender, but director Eric Drath and Leonard himself discuss some of the other possible reasons for Duran's decision and embark on a journey for closure.

Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know about Tuesday's documentary.


When: Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN


What to Expect

No Mas will revisit the short-lived rivalry between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, two of the best fighters the sport of boxing has ever seen. Specifically, the film will focus on the second of their two fights, which ended in bizarre fashion with Duran essentially tapping out.

As mentioned above, award-winning director and producer Drath and Leonard set out on a search for answers as to why Duran would quit in such a monumental fight. 

According to USA Today's Chris Strauss, there isn't any evidence uncovered in the film to suggest Duran called the fight off for any other reason than not being able to fight through his stomach pain. No Mas highlights Duran's weight gain following his victory over Leonard in June 1980, brought on by days and nights of hard partying.

As a result of his desperate attempt to make weight for the rematch, Duran's stomach apparently turned on him inside the ring. 

Still, for one of the toughest fighters to ever lace up a pair of boxing gloves, the conclusion we come to by the end of the documentary is difficult to accept.

As Strauss points out, No Mas doesn't uncover an unbelievable secret, but it does provide closure for Leonard and countless boxing fans who have been devoid of answers for more than three decades. 


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